Chest HR monitor*
HR getting weaker?
I’ve been training for the last 3 mountaineering seasons by solely carrying a pack uphill. Start in Jan and progress to 1 month before expedition I would carry 65 pounds uphill in a single day with approx. 8000 feet vertical gain.
This year I decided to follow the mountaineering training schedule as precisely as possible. The only change is that on the longest aerobic day I do an actually hike instead of closely monitored session. Week 1 I did 3900 ft elevation gain (3.8 miles one way). 4 hours up. I carried a 30 pound pack (not intentionally but because it was all the snow and ice gear I needed). My avg HR going up was 141.
FYI – my AeT (after 2 tests) is 142.
Next day I did recovery. 30 minutes, 22% incline on treadmill (I have a 40% incline treadmill) and speed of 1.1 MPH. Avg heart rate of 113. (Realized I need to increase incline or speed to get heart rate a bit higher.
Week 2 I did a weaker hike because I was with a different partner. 30 pound pack, 2800 feet elevation gain, 4 miles one way, 3.5 hours one way. My avg heart rate going up was 160! I honestly felt like I was at AeT or below the whole way but when I checked stats from check HR monitor… it was 160.
The following day I did a 40 min recovery hike. I was at 16% incline at 1 MPH and my average HR was 121.
My diet has remained fairly the same throughout the last few weeks. I can’t figure out what may contribute to such a decrease in HR abilities? Or is this normal?
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